Hey Golfers! How does 18 Holes of Good Karma Sound?

 

Hey Golfers! How does 18 Holes of Good Karma Sound? - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenIt is no doubt that the Riviera Maya is the landscape for some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world which coincidentally attracts many golf excited vacationers every year! And lucky for us, we have some the most prestigious golf courses right in our own back yard here in Playa del Carmen, including Grand Coral and Maya Koba!

But if you are planning a trip down to the Sunny Rivera Maya to conquer those 18 holes, you might want to consider adding a little extra love to your game by entering a charity golf tournament (Good Karma Free of charge)!

How often do we have the opportunity to do what we love and support an amazing cause at the same time?

Last week I had a fantastic opportunity to tag along with the Plank and Imprevist team as they participated as a Gold Sponsors for the Lorena Ochoa Charity Classic at the Grand Coral Golf Club in Playa del Carmen.

Hey Golfers! How does 18 Holes of Good Karma Sound? - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenWe participated in a casual cocktail hour, providing some of Chef Juan Diego’s creative specialties to re-boost everyone’s fuel and keep them going until dinner time! It was so nice to be out there and interact with the community and get to know some of the players.

While the morning rained just a bit, it did turn out to be an incredible event! Plenty of local and vacationing golfers came out to play along the beautiful green for which the Grand Coral hosts.

It was a full day event starting with breakfast, a round of golf, cocktail hour, some expert golf advice and lessons from world champion golfer, Lorena Ochoa; and ending the day with a magnificent dinner and celebration.

All proceeds for the event went to the La Barranca Educational Center in Guadalajara, Mexico. By raising money it is possible to help underprivileged children get the tools they need for a better and stronger education – ultimately resulting in opportunity for a brighter future!

If you missed this excellent event to raise money for a fantastic cause, you have plenty more opportunities to do so, as similar events will be organized throughout the year!

The next, most anticipated, charity golfing event is being held by the Seaside Rotary club in Playa del Carmen; whose constant charitable initiatives have helped to bring more and more smiles and true good to the community!

The Second Annual Seaside Rotary Golf Tournament will be held Saturday November 1st, 2014 at the beautiful Grand Coral Golf Course. It will be a full day of golf including great food and prizes!

El Taj, Plank Restaurant, Imprevist and the GYM are extremely glad to be sponsors in this incredible event. All proceeds for the Seaside Rotary Second Annual Golf Tournament will be divided up to numerous charitable causes such as KKIS (Keeping Kids in School), Cruz Roja (Red Cross), DIF Solidaridad, Christmas Dreams and Kick4Kids.

All of these are local charities that truly work hard to help out the community and are super geared towards extra smiles and better lives for children!

If you are interested in participating in tournament you can find more detailed information on the Seaside Rotary Playa del Carmen Website.

We are always happy to see our tourist community come out and join us for all our wonderful community events!

Imprevist Resto and Wine – A Cozy Creative Experience you Shouldn’t Dare to Miss!

 

Imprevist Resto and Wine - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenLet’s face it! Food is a big part of vacation. Many of us diet strong weeks before taking the flight, just so we can arrive with freedom to ignore calorie counting for several days in a row.   With that being said, if you are going to give yourself some extra freedom, you mines well use it on, not just any meal, but something truly fantastic!

If you are looking for a great spot to enjoy during your vacation I would like to share with you one of the most special little gems in Playa – Imprevist Resto and Wine!

Located on a quaint and quiet street, IMPREVIST invites you to enjoy a real culinary experience that will surely leave you with special feeling.

Imprevist is a Catalan word meaning “Unexpected”! And here you will truly see how the name fits with its true meaning!

There’s something to be said about Small and Cozy!

Their cozy intimate dining room is inviting! The service is warm and attentive! And the food is simply delicious and memorable!

What I love most about this restaurant is that you really feel good while you are there. Whether you are having date night with your honey, enjoying an evening with friends or having a classic family dinner – Imprevist is a place that accommodates a particular at home feel that many can only find in the coziness of their own homes.

Salmon with Mango Sauce - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenInnovative Menu!

Their dinner menu features classic International cuisine with Chef Juan Diego’s special flare as well as an alternative Asian Fusion menu that will truly give you a twist on the ordinary.

Inspired Culinary Favorites!

My absolute favorites are the chicken risotto, salmon with mango sauce and the chicken Thai Salad (also served with shrimp at your preference). Steak lovers and seafood lovers you are also in for a real treat! And for tuna lovers, let me offer a piece of advice that you will be glad you took – you must experience their famous Tuna Tar Tar which had been a true and unchanged staple on their amazing menu!

Let’s talk Risotto, shall we?

By far the best Risotto I have experienced, not only here in Playa, but anywhere for that matter. Chef Juan Diego has mastered the art of Risotto with sheer grace! The menu features a choice of risottos blending different flavors and using a variety of different meats and seafood to top it off.

The Chef behind all the Magic!

Over the last year I have gotten to get to know Chef Juan Diego Solombrino and have become really interested to understand his style. I can tell you is that Chef Juan Diego puts a lot of love and pride into his kitchen and puts a lot of care in what he brings to the dinner table!

He loves to play with different flavors and aromas which is why you will likely notice seasonal changes in his menus allowing him to take advantage of the seasons freshest ingredients, flavors and colors.

The Best Sunday Style Brunch in the Region!

Really, who doesn’t love a good brunch! Imprevist puts on a great breakfast and bunch social every day! Perfect for early or late risers. The breakfast menu always includes fresh fruit, yogurt and granola, a basket of freshly baked pastries, fresh juice and coffee! For me, this is hands down the best breakfast experience in Playa del Carmen!

Tuna Tartare - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenWhere to find Imprevist!

You can find Imprevist locate on 1st Avenue between 16th and 12th street!

If you visit Imprevist you will most likely be greeted at some point by Christine, Juan Luis or Chef Juan Diego as they are always there to personally insure the best experience for all of their guests.

Imprevist opens for breakfast every day from 7 am to 2 pm. Dinner is served Monday thru Saturday from 6 pm to 11 pm.

I should also mention that the owners of Imprevist, Juan Diego Solombrino along with Juan Luis Wehncke, have also partnered up to create a secondary amazing experience just down the road from Imprevist, called PLANK! If you have the chance to try both during your trip you will definitely be in for a real treat!

Introducing Plank: Playa del Camen’s hottest new restaurant

I’m very excited to introduce you to Plank, the hottest new addition to the Playa del Carmen dining scene. In partnership with renowned gourmet chef Juan Diego, Condo Hotels brings you a unique culinary experience like no other.

Quality ingredients form the basis of the contemporary menu, with a focus on fresh seafood and high quality USDA beef.

Plank - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Plank combines ancient cooking methods with cutting-edge culinary knowledge, using the natural properties of cedar wood and Himalayan salt planks to infuse flavor into each dish.

Whether you would just like a casual bite in our stylish, contemporary bar area, or a special occasion dinner in our open-sided dining room, you won’t be disappointed with our extensive menu of appetizers, cocktails, main courses and desserts.

Cocktails - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Plank specializes in flatbreads served with delicious, freshly made dips and salsas, or topped with a selection of gourmet ingredients such as goats cheese, smoked salmon and pulled pork.

Flatbread - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

The flavors simply have to be experienced to be believed. Herb flatbread with smoked artichoke dip, fire-roasted tomato puree and hummus is the perfect accompaniment to one of our signature smoked cocktails.

Seafood dishes are served on Himalayan salt planks chiseled from ancient mineral deposits, enhancing the natural flavors of freshly caught jumbo shrimp and sea scallops. Scallops wrapped in bacon with a spicy apple puree sizzle at your table on these heated planks, creating the most wonderful flavors and aromas.

Himalayan salt plank - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Main courses include Himalayan sea salt encrusted whole salmon, a cooking method which preserves the moisture of the fish and enhances its natural fresh flavors.

Salmon and Filet Mignon - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

The filet mignon is cooked to perfection and served on a cedar wood plank, infused with rich smokiness and served with a buttery mushroom sauce – absolute perfection.

The smoked chicken breast with lemon and thyme is moist and delicious. The rack of lamb with sweet pepper and rosemary, roasted on a wooden plank, is beautifully paired with Parmesan potatoes and grilled asparagus.

Beef Wellington has quickly become the house favorite for many of our regular guests.

Beef Wellington - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Family style servings of salads, fresh vegetables and sauces accompany your meal, further enhancing the already delicious flavors of our high quality meats and fish.

Family style meal - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

We recommend you leave room for dessert! Fresh apple pie with vanilla ice cream, decadent chocolate mousse and tangy key lime with fresh cream are the perfect finish to your culinary journey at Plank.

Desserts - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

We also have a fantastic cheese plate for you to enjoy on its own or after a meal as you linger over a bottle of fine wine.

At Plank, we are committed to every detail of your dining experience. From our award winning chefs, knowledgeable staff, beautifully designed dining areas, extensive selection of fine wines and carefully prepared menu of fresh, flavorful ingredients, we know you will have a memorable evening with us.

Dining room - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

There is simply nowhere else like Plank in Playa del Carmen. We have already been inundated with positive comments and glowing reviews from our guests, and we couldn’t be happier with the response.

We look forward to welcoming you to Plank to enjoy this unique dining experience for yourself.

Plank - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Plank is located on leafy 16th street, between 5th and 1st Avenues. Contact your concierge for directions and reservations, and follow us on Facebook for updates on special events.